WADCO 4^gS£9£&a NEWS "The Paper" connecting all Whiting fr Davis interests. Volume 4 Plainville, Mass., April 13, 1923 Number 8 Dansant Bracelet Bags Prove Popular. / No. 8428/8429 At the 'Dance" you will find them necessary. A Dainty Parisian Inspired Novelty. No. 8452/8458 One of Many Beautiful Sunset Mesh Combinations. Salt Lake City, Utah — Looking North on Main St. Making Business Effort Unpopular. Not long ago a business acquaintance of the writer, a man in the prime of life and the enjoyment of good health, re- tired from active business. He had built up during the period of his industrial experience, a successful and useful en- terprise. He was generally recognized as a leader in his particular line of en- deavor. Through the exercise of qual- ities of executive capacity, of grit and determination, of vision and sound judg- ment, of thrift and economy, of high character and integrity and a thorough understanding of the requirements of his business, the undertaking had shown a continuous and consistent improve- ment under his energetic management. From an insignificant beginning it had grown to the proportions of an impor- tant and flourishing industry employing several hundred men and possessing an unexcelled reputation for the quality of its goods and services. In order to promote the rapid devel- opment of his growing business, this man had contributed every dollar of its Cont'd on page 2 Sterling Silver Week Give Her Sterling. The week of May 14th-19th, has been set for "National Sterling Silver Week," when interest all over the country will be aroused and inspection of retailers' stocks on the part of the public, prompted by the co-operation of the Na- tional Retail Jewelers' Association, Gifts that Last, the trade press and other in- terests. Enterprise such as this is worth while, for it fastens the attention of millions of people upon a product and its industry which, for centuries, has been looked upon with favor by the "Nobility" in every land and now in the democracy of the present day, who is there among us who feels too poor and who, by a little self-denial at some time or other, can- not buy something, an article for a loved one or friend, of which he may well feel proud to be the giver. The "Middle of May" seems a very appro- priate time, for June, you know, is the "Bride's Month." Not alone to the Sterling Silver In- Continued on page 2, Col. 1 Notice. During vacation week in August, 1922, we paid all employees that had been in our employ one year and less than two years one-half pay. All em- ployees that had been with us over two years, full pay. We propose to follow this plan in our annual vacation this year, which will probably be first week of August, as usual. (Signed) C. A. Whiting. The New Dansant Bracelet Bags. The many letters of inquiry relative to the new Dansant Bracelet Bags which are being received at the factory are most extraordinary in view of the fact that advertisements of this dainty con- ception are appearing for the first time in the March magazines and trade pa- pers. Nothing like such prompt and direct returns have ever before been noted in our experience, and stamps with approv- al the latest Whiting & Davis offering of mesh bags. WADCO NEWS Wadco News Published Semi-Monthly by Employees of Whiting & Davis Co. Plainville, Mass. Editor . . H. B. Rowan Associate Editors. Lawrence Cook Harriet Wales Rhea Larock Rita Abrams Elsie Hemingson Dick Barton Frank Gaddes Erwin Sylvia Frank Brown Canadian Factory Woonsocket Branch Sol'd Mesh Dept. • Unsol'd Mesh Dept. Spiral Dept. Mesh Dept. Stamp Dept. Tool Dept. Bench Dept. COMMERCIAL PRESS-PRINTERS Cont'd from Page 1 Col. 2 dustry does a week set aside such as this benefit, but all kindred trades are helped in the process of getting people to think of the home town Jeweler, and so we should give not only our support but enthusiasm as well to make this week the success it merits for better and bigger business. Too long has the industry slumbered and allowed younger ones to come for- ward displacing it in its position of precedence. For hundreds of years it has been a sign, that, a lady or gentle- man's jewelry stamped them with the Hall Mark of Gentilitv. Fresh attractive merchandise will please, when that which is dusty, spotted, or in poor condition, will not draw a second look. Consider the customer and how the general effect of stock shown will be likely to strike him. A Jeweler says "Mesh Bags sell most readilv. and Whiting & Davis stands for Mesh Bags." Metal Prices. Platinum soft, $116.00 per oz. Platinum 5% Iridium, $124.00 oz. Bar Gold— S88, D2— Gold parity in London 85 shillings. Bar Silver, foreign, 67V>c per oz. Gov. Assay Bars, 69"/sc per oz. Copper, 17Vf»c per lb. High Brass Sheets, 21.75c. Low Brass Sheets, 23.50c. High Brass Wire. 22.25c. Low Brass Wire, 24.00c. Whiting Club Holds Dance Party. Easter Monday night, the Whiting Club held an informal invitation dance in the Recreation Building. Over 150 members and invited guests danced to the music furnished by the Neapolitan Harmony Boys. Chef Olsen served re- freshments throughout the evening. This was the first of what it is hoped will be a series of invitation dances and was successful in every way. The com- mittee in charge consisted of Gene Man- chester, Oliver Gagnon, Elsie Hemming- sen, Reta Abrams and Ed. Schriever. "Sales." a magazine gotten out by the Kevstone Publishing Co.. as an "inspira- tion for the Jewelrv Salesman," carries an illustrated descriptive article on "The Manufacture of Mesh Bags," in its April issue. Work or a Job— Which? A contractor was paving a wide street. The workmen were all colored people. The white foreman came along one day and said to a colored sub-boss: "Did you hire that Jack Johnson I sent to you?" "No, suh," said the negro, "I asked him did he want to work or did he jest want er job, and he said: T want er job,' and so I didn't hire 'im." Alice Bobbins is pleased to tell us she has lost four pounds. Did she lose them when she fell down the other night with Leo? We might ask. New England Department Store Trade. BY FEDERAL RESERVE BANK, BOSTON, MASS. Outstanding Orders Net Sales Stocks ; it Retail for Merchan- during Feb., 1923, on Feb. 28, 1923, Ratio dise on Feb. 28, compai ed with conpai 'ed with of Stocks 1923, compared Feb., Tan., Feb. -S, Jan. 31, to Net Sales with Purchases 1922 1923 1922 1923 Feb.. 1923 during 1922 + 9.6% —12.7% +9.5% +7.7% 3.82 7.7% ( 7 stores) +11.9% —15.0% +0.8% +6.4% 5.26 8.83 (10 stores) +10.0% —13.1% +7.2% +7.4% 4.09 7.9% (17 stores) + 4.9% —29.4% +7.2% -0.8% 2.28 ( 3 stores) Under these circumstances it seemed to this man that the benefits received by him personally did not compensate him 8 Boston Department Stores 16 Other N. E. Department Stores 24 Total Department Stores 4 Women's Apparel Shops Making Business Effort Unpopular. Cont'd from Page 1 Col. 1 earnings beyond the needs of his own ment. scant personal requirements, for the fur- ther expansion of the plant and its fa- cilities, making possible the employ- ment of additional help and a substan- adequately for the carrying of these ir- tial increase in production. ritating burdens in addition to the risks In explanation of his action in retir- and responsibilities which were inherent ing from this useful and active service in the conduct of the business itself, he says that he has been discouraged Accordingly, he disposed of his own- from further effort along these lines be- ership of the enterprise at the most fa- cause of the present attitude of society vorable terms he was able to secure, in- to ward the business man. In years of vested the purchase money in tax ex- adversity he stood his losses, while a empt securities in order to avoid further major portion of his earnings during annovance from taxation disputes, and the subsequent years of prosperity have then departed on the first real vacation gone to the government in payment of he had enjoyed since embarking upon taxes. A substantial portion of his time his business career, and much expenditure of money had Tnis is mere l v the recital of an iso- been consumed in compiling and sup- ]ated case but we „ av we n que stion how plying information of various kinds to a manv s j nl ii ar instances are being re- great variety of governmental agencies having supervisory or inquisitorial au- thority over his operations. The success of his enterprise has seemed to stimulate numerous hostile criticisms and attacks by various irresponsible elements in the community. It had become necessary to employ a special attorney to keep him advised upon the multitude of statutes and ordinances which were enacted from year to year and which in one manner or another affected the conduct of his busi- ness. Their correct interpretation was Advertising should impress rather than express. frequently a matter of crave doubt and uncertainty and their observance a con- stant source of annoyance and expense. In addition to all of these handicaps there was a continuous and ever increas- ing demand from his employees for higher wages, shorter hours of labor and more attractive conditions of employ- corded throughout the country today be- cause of like causes. The world is bad- lv in need of the knowledge, skill, en- ergy and trained judgment of its success- ful business men in order to meet the serious problems of the hour. We re- quire the whole-souled and enthusiastic co-operation of men of demonstrated ability and resourcefulness in order to bring our industrial situation once more into balance. It is not going to be pos- sible, however, to avail ourselves of the full value of their services if we con- tinue to harrass them to the point of discouragement. We cannot destroy personal ambition and initiative and at the same time profit from their beneficent influences. — Charles R. Gow, President Associated Industries of Massachusetts. The road to success isn't marked, there is a blind corner about every mile. WADCO NEWS 4 — .^.^.^^ ^.^.^,«„«».^.^.4. i Philosophic Talks j | if SERVICE H | SERVICE i J. C. Northrop. The dictionary definition of service is "giving assistance to another or to oth- ers. To be of real service to another, one must be unselfish. Byron says, "To have joy one must share it. Happiness was born a twin." It will not occasion you pain to be of service to others, unless it gives you a pain to see your fellow beings prosper- ous and happy. But to become insensi- ble to the pain and misfortunes of oth- ers is to forfeit the possibility of happi- ness for yourself. Some of the greatest joys of life are derived from acts of service to our fellow beings willingly rendered. All men get their own in the last analysis. Your own is what returns to you in happiness or misery. Charles F. Haanel, in Mental Chemistry, says: "Destiny is determined, for nations and for individuals, by factors and forces that are really fundamental — such as men's attitude toward one another. Ideals and motives are more potent than events in shaping history." Emerson tells us that: "Men suffer all their life long under the foolish su- perstition that they can be cheated. But it is as impossible for a man to be cheat- ed by any one but himself, as for a thing to be and not to be at the same time. There is a third silent party to all our bargains. The nature and soul of things takes on itself the guaranty of the ful- fillment of every contract, so that honest service cannot come to loss." You may acquire riches by being un- selfish, but I doubt it. But even if you did, it would come under the head of Anaxagora's definition, who described the mausoleum as "the ghost of wealth turned to stone." Some folks refuse to put an ounce of labor into repairing a rented house, be- cause thev might be "doing something for nothing." Is vour own and yonr family comfort and health "nothing"? Render service to others and others will render you the same. Do not be afraid of doing too much; it is doing too little that causes dry rot. Help a fellow being in his hour of need, and you will not feel ashamed to share with him in his prosperity. We can all do things to serve others, even if we are not overburdened with this world's goods. Hamilton Wright Mabie remarks: "The q-iestion for each man to settle is not what he would do if Showing Home of Richard Berkley Mgk. of Mesh Machine Dept. Spiral Dept. Notes Elsie Hemmingson wants to know why they can't get the work to the girls be- fore 29 1/ 2 minutes to eleven Saturday morning. This is mighty hard on some who only have a few hours sleep of a night, besides thoughts of sweethearts detract their attention just before the 11 o'clock shut down hour of a Saturday. Service Dept. Notes Mildred Schwing is giving the depart- ment a great surprise. It is either the operator or the minister's son. How is it that Attleboro girls come up here to the dances? Is it the dance or the ride in the Ford coupe. How about it, B.? There is more than one young lady in- terested in purchasing a "Dancing Frock." Clothes at this particular time is the question of the hour. Don't forget the Isabellas Dance April 19. Come and see some of our shopmates in the drill. Drilled by Capt. Williams of Attleboro. Anna Plante has severed connections with the Spiral Department. Jennie Precourt says she has joined the "Pencil Pushers" Union. Note! She carries a pencil in her hair. Little Mary and Rose Boyle enjoyed the "Third Alarm" last week. Fire trucks and everything, so they say. Hazel Roberts and May Bell, in knick- ers, visited North Attleboro last Wednes- day and were certainly the center of at- traction as they walked the main street. Mrs. Weatherbe lives in the country, but we all think a few lessons on ani- mals wouldn't be bad. She saw a rabbit and asked, "What's those, his wings?" We all knew it was his ears. Little Thelma Hemingson, Bertha Go- bin and Coriss Hoffman will give danc- ing exhibitions in the "Spring Festival" at Red Men's Hall, April 20th, under the auspices of Elsie Thompson Olsen. Tickets are 55c. Eva Contois went riding a la Ford. On reaching the bridge at Walpole, the two front wheels came off. We hope on better luck next time. Frank Martin uses hair groom on his hair nowadavs. He surely is like Ru- dolph Valentino. Announcement made Wednesday that iron production in March had broken all monthly records in the country's his- tory. This is significant, as iron is in- dex to general business activity. Rail- roads have appropriated $1,100 000,000 for cars, motor power and roadways. he had means, time, influence and edu- cational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has." Harry Batcheldor asked Bertha if she ever danced the five-step shortes, and Bertha replied, "What kind of a fire in- surance is that?" Mrs. McCarthy has been the matron of the Skating Rink and now she would love to be at the Club House. How about the third alarm, Ida? Was it Leo or Raymond? What we believe, what we think, whatwe expect, shapes our lives. CAUGHT IW THE MESH Do You Know That— Someone has sent in the following. What do you think of it? Let us have Mair opinion on it. Best dressed — Hilda Kriegel. Prettiest — Isabel 1 Heon. Most attractive — Madeline Doran. Stoutest — Alice Blatchford. Pleasingly thin — Florence King. Shortest — Violetta Volois. Tallest — Elsie Quirk. Cutest — Yvonne Bishop. Most popular — Rhea LaRock. Classiest — Ethel Anderson. Neatest — Louise Quinn. Best dressed — Ed. Shriever. Best looking — Sturgis Rice. Most attractive — Walter McCann. Stoutest — Engineer. Pleasingly thin — Gene Manchester. Tallest — Daniel Sullivan. Cutest — Tony Nordelli. Most popular — Frank Brown. Classiest — Leon Mayshaw. Neatest — Ed. Manchester. Prettiest hair — Wm. Mahone. Mesh Joining Notes. Grace Crowley and Elsie Proal now have their hair King "Tut" style. Spring is here! How do we know? Why, Al DeBlois has been seen out with his Overland 4. Al waits for the Rob- ins and Bluebirds every year. Soldered Mesh Notes. Now, Tina, what do we hear about you in a Worcester millinery store? Thought we didn't know about it, eh? Flora Gamache goes to a nerve spe- cialist when taking her vocal lessons. Stop! Look! Listen! Bill Sweet has given up eating candy. Bill says it's time when the doctor tells you you are eleven years older than you really are. So bring on your diet book, girls. All will be thankfully received by our Bill. The Sheldonville Ford Sedan is in Florence Whiting would like to know great demand with Eda Barney and Ma- w ho it was that pulled her chair away bel Aver. when she sat down. Funny, people can't go to church in- stead of whist parties during Lent. Don't you think so, Eliza? Madrid lies higher than any other European capital. Its height above the sea is 2,090 feet. Louise Dodge is greatly interested in wedding rings. We wonder why. Doris Martin says "Isn't love grand when we have a nice lad like Charlie C. This in the Spring-time especially." We will have to get an anchor for Florence King, so the wind won't blow her away. Tell us, Lillian, why you don't like crochet neck ties. Last week a doll was on exhibit, dressed entirely in Painted Mesh, with a miniature bangle bracelet and bead necklace, all products of the Chain Co. It made quite a hit with the young ladies and several are imitating the produc- tion A'la King "Tut" style. Right thinking means right action. John Killian, on leaving the employ of the Chain Co., was presented a twenty dollar gold piece by his shopmates and friends. Tillie Henrich has been seen out of doors this week and we are glad to learn that her health is improving. Miss Betty Swanson is wearing a dia- mond on her fourth, left. Who is the lucky fellow, Betty? Edwin Schriever, formerly of the Chain Co.. is now a salesman for the American Tobacco Co. We'll say Ethel Anderson is some pool player from all accounts reaching the Wadco. Woonsocket Branch. We a°:ain see Connie and his flivver parked in front of the shop waiting for Maggie, after being snowed in all win- ter. Mrs. Hoyt and Edna Rhodes would like to have their pictures appear in the Wadco. They too have "very becom- ing" ornaments for their hair. Emma Perreault drinks "Grand Union Coffee" to her heart's content. Spring cleaning was in order last Fri- day. Every girl did her bit. Mrs. Tru- deau can vouch for that. Hereafter. Agnes Perreault would like her college ices served in a dishpan. A box is not large enough. Something's in the air. since Mrs. Owen curled her hair. Her husband evidently thinks so, as he visits the shop quite frequently. Reaina "blew" up the street the other night like a whirlwind. We hope she didn't miss her date. Myrtie Staples has proven to us that she is a trusting wife. She even lets her husband take Harriet Whiting home. Dorothy Bell had an eventful ten min- utes while riding on the electrics one day when she had the car stopped twice to chase her doggie home. Ellen Peck likes her work in Pascoag, but misses the girls of the Soldered Mesh Dept. Mildred Waldron loves to ride on ele- vators. She says it gives one such a funny feeling. Clementine makes quite a hit with her knickers at the rink. And Oh, My! Some skater, we'll say. A letter was received by one of the girls of the department from Edna En- tails of Franklin, a former employee. She wishes to be remembered to all her shopmates. Edna is now employed in Franklin at present but says "You will go some to beat Whiting & Davis bosses." Lost — An ear ring in the recreation building. Finder please return to Doris Martin. Roy Wilson is the proud possessor of a motorcycle. Be careful, Roy, they're cantankerus. Alphie Precourt answers to the name of Baby Face now. "Don't Throw Butts." A notice has been put up in the smok- ing room of the Recreation Building not to throw butts out the windows as last week a fire was started, but seen in time to avert damage. Tina's latest catch is a tall young man of the Valentino tvpe. She vows lie is a coi'sin. but that's an old story, Tina, so think of something better. Betty Larock has it all over Cleopatra for vamping. Ask the boys. They know. Lincoln said that: Fo Tessa Corrisjan Smith is with us ajrain. She was our old cut-up. We hope married life has not made any dif- ference to you, Tess. Iks are usually about as happy as they m Mrs. Edmond Corrigan wishes to ex- press her thanks to the employees in the factory for their kindnesses in her re- cent bereavement in the loss of her hus- band. ake up their minds to be.